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Little Brown Mushrooms: Psilocybe cyanescens Sep 29, 2016


photo by Bruce Clayton Tom

Artist Alan Sutherland is also an avid mushroom hunter and mushroom expert. Little Brown Mushrooms draws especially from a particular mushroom, of the "magic" variety: Psilocybe cyanescenes.

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Butoh: What Is It? Sep 29, 2016

Performer and choreographer Alan Sutherland is known in the Seattle community as a butoh performer. But what is butoh? This description from dancer Iwana Masaki is an interesting place to start:

"I have never heard of a butoh dancer entering a competition. Every butoh performance itself is an ultimate expression; there are not and cannot be second or third places. If butoh dancers were content with less than the ultimate, they would not be actually dancing butoh, for real butoh, like real life itself, cannot be given rankings."

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Alan Sutherland: Butoh Artist Sep 29, 2016

Get a taste of Alan Sutherland's beautiful movement style in this short excerpt from a performance at Vermillion Art Gallery with Little Brown Mushrooms collaborator Sheri Brown. 

 

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Journey Back Home Sep 24, 2016

Verdensteatret Bridge over Mud is a perfect theater, the one that reminds of theater Edward Gordon Craig’s evokes in his essay “The Actor and the Ubermarionette.” “If you can find in nature a new material, one which has never been used by man to give form to his thoughts,” writes Craig, “then you can say that you are on the high road towards creating a new art. For you have found that by which you can create it.” (EGC, “The Actor and the Ubermarionette”, The Mask, Vol. 1. p.

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Sounding Off: Verdensteatret’s Bridge Over Mud Sep 24, 2016

There’s a 1929 painting by the American artist Arthur Dove that I’ve loved for a long time, though I’ve only ever seen it in reproduction. It’s called Fog Horns, and though you can read in it landscape and layers of atmosphere and distance, it is as much about sound as it is space, as Dove’s title signals. Concentric ovals suggest the way sound travels, starting loud and concentrated at a center and then softening as it moves out from its source, waves of sound over and overlapping waves of water. 

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Review: Verdensteatret's Bridge Over Mud Sep 23, 2016

Verdensteatret’s Bridge Over Mud begins with the same intention as the Annunciation but is different from the Latin version of Gabriel’s announcement to Virgin Mary. It begins, however, with the announcement of the arrival of glorious life. 

The screen on the left wakes up to light, light reflected by a primordial mud, somewhat mercurial in texture and color, moving in protoplasmic gestures, towards a unity of some sort.

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